The Info List - Royal Institute Of Chartered Surveyors

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The ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS (RICS) is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land , property and construction sectors worldwide.

Members holding RICS qualifications may use the following designations after their name: MRICS (Member), FRICS (Fellow), AssocRICS (Associate). Those with the designation MRICS or FRICS are also known as chartered surveyors.


* 1 History * 2 International presence * 3 Membership * 4 Professional groups * 5 Specialist accreditations * 6 Past Presidents * 7 RICS Matrics * 8 BCIS * 9 Charitable works * 10 See also * 11 Notes * 12 References * 13 External links


The RICS was founded in London
as the INSTITUTION OF SURVEYORS after a meeting of 49 surveyors at the Westminster Palace Hotel on 15 June 1868. The inaugural president was John Clutton (who founded Cluttons , a property firm still in business today). The institution has occupied headquarters on the corner of Great George Street and Parliament Square since then. It received a Royal charter
Royal charter
as THE SURVEYORS\' INSTITUTION on 26 August 1881.

The Surveyors' Institution became the CHARTERED SURVEYORS\' INSTITUTION in 1930. In 1946, George VI
George VI
granted the title "Royal" and in 1947 the professional body became the ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS.


The RICS headquarters is in London
with its main support functions in Coventry
. There are regional offices in the United Kingdom, across mainland Europe, in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Brazil.

In 2015, there were RICS-qualified professionals in more than 140 countries. The total number of those accredited worldwide was 120,000, plus student membership of 81,000. The majority of accredited individuals or members are still based in the United Kingdom with large numbers also in mainland Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. There is now a strong growth globally, and particularly in China, India and the Americas.

The RICS has close links with many national surveying institutions and is a founding member association of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). Within the RICS the primary areas of practice represented at FIG are geomatics (land and hydrographic survey), environment, planning, construction and valuation.

The RICS works in close collaboration with other professional bodies, central banks and international organisations such as The United Nations , World Bank
World Bank
and The European Union . In 2013 the RICS was a founder member of the coalition to develop International Property Measurement Standards , which launched its first standard – for measuring office space – in November 2014. In 2014 the RICS was a founder member of the coalition to develop International Ethics Standards. In each case, coalition member bodies are committed to implementing the new standards through training and guidance for professional practitioners.


Entry to membership of the RICS is via four main routes: academic; graduate; technical; and senior professional. The RICS has links with universities worldwide, with whom they have accredited approved courses wh